Dr. J. Fernando Bazan was appointed Chief Technology Officer when he joined the Company on August 1, 2013. Following training at Stanford, Berkeley, and UCSF in biochemistry and biophysics, he led very active groups in biotherapeutics discovery as a senior scientist at DNAX Research Institute (now Merck Research Labs) and at Genentech (Roche). He also served as Chief Scientific Officer at NeuroScience, a neuroimmunology diagnostics startup. Dr. Bazan holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Dept. of Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.
Barbara Nelsen is the founder of Nelsen Biomedical, a life sciences strategy consulting firm. She brings more than 20 years of experience in R&D, business development and strategic planning within the Life Sciences industry. Building on her experience as a scientific investigator (Brandeis University, The Whitehead Institute, Austin Institute Australia), business development leader (MGI Pharma), and an investor (Sofia Fund). Dr. Nelsen focuses on moving technology from concept to commercialization, developing business models, implementing business plans, and creating strategic partnerships. Dr. Nelsen sits on the Board of Discovery Capital at the University of Minnesota, and is the founder of Emerge BioScience, an organization dedicated to helping postgraduates in the sciences pursue career success. Dr. Nelsen holds a PhD in molecular biology and an MBA.
Mike Rusinko is a creative business executive who has worked for and with some of the premier brands in the world. In his nearly thirty years with Accenture, Rusinko has led and managed regional and global efforts that have focused on driving revenue growth by transforming business practices and building enduring relationships. Rusinko brings the best practices of a globally renowned professional services firm and combines that with the heart of an entrepreneur. The combination results in creative and practical solutions to complex business challenges across a wide variety of industries. Rusinko’s engaged management style is a large reason for his success as are his commitment to team and professionalism. These attributes have resulted in his ability to work across the expanse of Accenture’s extensive business offerings, global operations and client base.
Dr. Largaespada is an authority on mouse genetics, gene modification, cancer genes, and disease models. His outstanding background was integral to the founding of B-MoGen Biotechnologies, Inc. He spent five years as a postdoctoral fellow in Frederick, Maryland at the National Cancer Institute working with world-renowned geneticists Dr. Nancy Jenkins and Dr. Neal Copeland, where the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America awarded him a postdoctoral fellowship. He is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota.
Jeff is a senior executive with a proven track record at profitably growing emerging companies and business divisions. His experience developing businesses to 1st and 2nd market positions, raising over $3.2 million for prior start-ups, and leading start-to-finish M&A transactions from $4 million to over $2 billion. Jeff comes to B-MoGen after serving for two years as COO of a cGMP cellular therapy company where in his first year he completed a turnaround of their CDMO services to its’ first ever profitable status. As the business leader in B-MoGen Biotechnologies, Jeff aims to enable the company to become an industry leader in gene editing.